The Danish School of Education (DPU), Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University invites applications for a permanent professorship in mathematics education

Aarhus Universitet (AU)

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The Danish School of Education at Aarhus University invites applications for a professorship in mathematics education with a focus on curriculum studies, the didactics of 21st century mathematics teaching and learning or ICT education. The professorship is a full-time, permanent position which begins on 1 November 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful applicant will be a part of the Department of Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies based at DPU in Emdrup/Copenhagen or Aarhus.

It is important that the professor takes part in the daily activities of the department, including both teaching and supervising. Since the department is situated in both Aarhus and Copenhagen, the successful applicant should expect a certain amount of travel between these two cities.

The position
The professor will be expected to strengthen research activity and output as well as contributing to the high profile of research within the area of mathematics education with a focus on curriculum studies, the didactics of 21st century mathematics teaching and learning or ICT education at Aarhus University. The professor will be expected to contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange, and to provide academic leadership relating to research, education and academic development. As part of the position, the professor is also expected to contribute to close cooperation with the National Centre for School Research (NCS). For further information about the NCS, please use this link:

The professor will be expected to take a leading role in developing the area of educational theory within mathematics education with a focus on curriculum studies, the didactics of 21st century mathematics teaching and learning or ICT education. He/she should be willing to lead large-scale research and development projects in relation to improving the mathematics programmes in the Danish educational system. The professor is also expected to be willing and able to collaborate with people from other areas of expertise, also across academic disciplines, to accomplish this.

The successful applicant must therefore be able to document original academic production at the highest international level, as well as significant scholarly contributions to theoretical and thematic developments within mathematics education. Applicants are furthermore asked to state their visions for future developments in the field, and to document a solid track record in research leadership as well as in research funding and international research cooperation.

The professor will be expected to be the driving force in developing new courses and degree programmes within the field of education. Consequently, the successful applicant will be expected to have considerable experience of teaching at university level, and should be prepared to teach and supervise at all levels of the degree programme (MA and PhD) in educational theory and mathematics education.

Talent development
The professor will be expected to contribute to talent development within the field of mathematics education. He/she will be expected to recruit and supervise PhD students as well as teaching and developing PhD courses.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the professor will engage in knowledge exchange as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, for instance in research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society actors or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

The successful applicant must provide research plans and explain how he/she will meet the expectations of the professorship with regard to the strengthening and development of research and teaching in mathematics education.

Applicants must also be able to document:

• A strong educational background in both mathematics and mathematics education
• Academic publications at the highest international level, including research innovation in
mathematics education or mathematics and ICT-education
• A strong international research network in mathematics education or mathematics
education and ICT
• Experience of research organisation, including the obtaining and administration of external
• Strong teaching competences and experience of supervising at all levels
• Experience of and commitment to teaching development, the supervision of student
projects, talent development, research management and the development of PhD courses.

The applicant must be able to teach and publish in English. If the successful applicant cannot speak Danish, he/she will be required to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the department’s academic environment. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students

For further information about the position, please contact:

The Head of the Department of Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies, Anna Karlskov Skyggebjerg, mail:, tel.: +45 21653910.
For information about the application procedure, HR-supporter Louise Holm Christensen, mail:

The application must be submitted in English.

Qualification requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.
Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts:

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here:

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of four main academic areas at Aarhus University.
The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 500 academic staff members, 260 PhD students, 10,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.
The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society, the Danish School of Education, and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.


The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

The Department
The School of Education at Aarhus University is Denmark’s largest centre for research and
teaching in the fields of education, didactics and learning, with approximately 240 fulltime
researchers, including 100 PhD students, and 3,000 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students. The school’s activities are characterised by a high degree of interdisciplinarity and close interaction with society, including businesses, organisations, government agencies and institutions, both in Denmark and abroad.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at

Ansøgningsfrist: 31.08.2019

Placering: København NV Tuborgvej 164

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